Jose (Joe) Luis Gonzales, 65, died on August 3, 2022, following many years of illness. He was born on March 19, 1957 to
He is preceded in death by his mother Evarista Gonzales and his brother Rudolfo Gonzales.
Joe is survived by his wife of 39 years Sandra C. Gonzales, his only child Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle and her husband Miles, his grandson Silas, siblings Juan Jose Gonzales, Francisco Gonzales and wife Mary, Armando Gonzales and wife Maria, Magdalena Pina and husband Armando, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Joe spent his childhood in Pearsall surrounded by siblings and cousins, traversing the town, and creating memories. He graduated from Pearsall High school in 1975 and spent the following year working in construction to save for college. He attended Sul Ross State University earning a degree in education. While in college Joe paid for school and worked several jobs at a time on and off campus to reach his educational goals. From an early age, he valued the importance of education and carried this throughout his life and into his classroom. He began his career with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District in 1979 as a bilingual teacher. While in the registration line at an educational conference, he met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with. Joe and Sandy were married in 1983 and welcomed their daughter Misela in 1984. After 16 years with PBTISD, he returned to Pearsall and continued teaching until his
retirement in 2011.
Joe had a love of music, movies, literature, sci-fi, volleyball, and recording family memories, but most enjoyed being on the dance floor with Sandy.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Hurley Funeral Home in Pearsall with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on August 12 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Pearsall. Interment will follow at the Frio County Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, Pearsall.